Archive for 2015

A cheeseboard is the perfect thing to help kick-off a party. As a diversified work of art, it’s not only a collection of tasty nibbles for wine pairings, but also serves as a wonderful icebreaker!
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May the joy you feel as you relish the goodies, decorate every nook and corner of your home, and enjoy the get-togethers with friends and family continue throughout the new year! Wishing you and yours
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Christmas in Connecticut would not be Christmas without a trip into New York City. Having lived in Fairfield County for most of my life, I’ve been grateful for it’s proximity, about a 75 minute drive,
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My dear friend Dana and I, love serving wines from local vineyards. For Dana it’s wines from New Hampshire and Maine, and for me, it’s Connecticut and New York. Local wines from small wineries add
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When my new Instagram friend Jessica, reached out to me to participate in this fun holiday design challenge on Instagram, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So when the theme for our first week turned
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It’s amazing what you can do with just a few leftover sprigs of greenery that’ve been tied up with pretty ribbon. A little bit of green can bring a lot of holiday cheer when tucked
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Every year, I deck out my chandeliers for Christmas with big boughs of freshly cut balsam. Armed with my trusty Felco pruning shears, I head out to the back woods and snip just a couple
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As Christmas approaches, we here in Newtown, Connecticut, must sadly pause today to acknowledge the heartbreaking events that took place 3 years ago in our backyard: the tragedy that has become known worldwide as “Sandy Hook.”
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When I’m developing a theme, I always keep an eye out for inspiration in unexpected places and things. It not only keeps me focused, but also provides a cohesive end result that is both familiar
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A simple idea, that’s so easy to do! In keeping with the ocean/Nantucket theme, think of sea salt. I have a pair of very large rosemary plants that are always in need of a trim,
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In keeping with the Nantucket themed Christmas at Connecticut Country House this year, we created beautiful nautical gift tags. Inspired by 19th c. engravings rendered in a wonderfully inky indigo, this assortment of tags are
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Fireplace mantels are one of the best spots to decorate for the holidays. The hearth, the heart of the home, is the perfect focal point of any country house. This year, I decked out the
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I love the fun you can have with dessert plates. Not just for presenting sweets, these little guys are the perfect size for serving up savory sandwiches or pre-dinner nibbles. The charming form of these
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‘Tis the season for entertaining. Whether you’re going somewhere, or hosting, this wonderful recipe from my friend Dana Shwartz, featured in our Holiday 2014 issue – http://www.noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/holiday-2014/ – is absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing
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I love the relaxed attitude and generous size of these kitchen towels! I pulled together a collection of crisp, striped kitchen towels (from Homegoods) to substitute for the expected cloth napkin. If you can’t find as
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Black Friday came and went as I stayed home, cozied up with family. I sailed through Small Business Saturday and survived Cyber Monday without a trace of a blister on my index finger. I’m keeping
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Thanksgiving dinner is always pretty amazing, but, I have to say, the leftovers from the feast are just as highly anticipated. The same goes for recycling the floral elements from my holiday table. The post
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The table’s all set, the turkey’s in the oven, and it’s time to get busy on all the fixin’s! I just love this day. Wishing you and yours a wonderfully relaxing (or spirited!) eat, drink,
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Our Holiday issue is here (Yay!!) — www.noramurphycountryhouse.com is the start of something wonderful! Holiday 2015 is a whole new look for us and a whole new experience for you. It’s our biggest issue ever, loaded with
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Our newest and biggest Nora Murphy Country House issue is here tomorrow! This new Holiday issue is loaded with inspiration, tips, and pages of the NMCH photography you’ve told us you love– and our most
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“Here and there one sees the blush of wild rose haws or the warmth of orange fruit on the bittersweet, and back in the woods is the occasional twinkle of partridge berries. But they are
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While shooting at Trent DeBerry and Collin Robison’s beautiful home for the Autumn 2015 issue of Nora Murphy Country House, http://www.noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/autumn-2015/country-house-style/#.VkSqiaQzTtA, we got to talking about two of our shared loves; family and holiday traditions.
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I realize I’m scooping my weekly Foodie Friday, but with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I figured you wouldn’t mind if I sprinkled in a few of my faves – like Julia’s Mashed Potatoes. I
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“Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and
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Decorating for Christmas wouldn’t be the same at Connecticut Country House without containers full of fragrant, blooming paperwhites. It takes about 4 to 5 weeks for these papery beauties to flower, so now’s the time
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